Choosing your footware - Tips on choosing footwear
Wearing shoes that fit properly and support your feet is vital to avoid sore feet and to prevent or alleviate many common foot problems. It's also important to choose footwear that will minimise your risk of falling and slipping.
Tips on how to choose footwear
- All footwear whether walking on a treadmill or out walking in the park or countryside should be well designed, to absorb shock, as this is what takes the strain out of walking.
- You risk damaging your feet by not wearing the correct footwear.
- First, precisely understand for itself what footwear to you is more necessary.
- Don't wear the same shoes every day.
Alternating your shoes from one day to the next will help to vary the posture of the foot and distribute the load over a greater range of joints and muscles.
- Choose footwear made of natural materials to help your feet to breathe.
- Visit a registered podiatrist/chiropodist for advice. You can take your shoes with you for specific advice on footwear.
- Don't forget that your feet under normal conditions can sweat about a couple of cupfuls each day.
It is important when you are taking exercise to provide your feet with the best footwear you can afford.
- Exercise, especially walking, jogging or running, places additional stress on our feet, which may lead to injury. Selecting the appropriate shoe or sneaker for exercise can go a long way in preventing foot injury.
- People who spend a lot of time on hard surfaces - such as concrete - are more prone to heel and forefoot pain, and tend to develop more calluses and corns. To reduce the effect of concrete on your feet, wear supportive shoes (preferably lace-up) with softer soles and innersoles
- Shoe inserts can increase comfort and support, and even correct individual foot problems.
- Podiatrists prescribe insoles to help correct mechanical problems in the foot. These are made from a cast of the foot and are tailored specifically to your feet.
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